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Prepare Yourself for the Hidden Costs of Buying a House

Mon, Jun 17th 2019 11:18 am by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

Many first-time home buyers save up their down payment, find the right home for the right price, ensure they can make their monthly payments, and then get terribly let down to discover there are extra costs they weren't aware of, hidden costs of buying a house that make it much harder or maybe even impossible to move in. If you don't have the money but someone else does, they may move in in your place. Or you may struggle to make ends meet with your new, surprise expenses.

Costs of Moving

Prepare Yourself for the Hidden Costs of Buying a House
There are many additional costs of buying a house that, while not deliberately hidden, aren't obvious so many first-time home buyers are surprised by them and ot...



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You Can Expect Pet Friendly Homes - Fluffy Matters Too

Mon, Jun 17th 2019 11:15 am by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

If you are a pet owner considering a move, you have probably already run into issues like whether pets are allowed, is the yard fenced, is there enough room, and how close is the home to pet parks. You may not know that sellers are becoming more aware all the time of these considerations and that there is a trend toward "pet friendly homes." It is perfectly understandable that you want the best for your pet, and your real estate agent can help you find a home that suits your entire family.

What To Expect of Pet Friendly Homes
Features of pet friendly homes
When buying a house with pets, you may need or want any of the following.

A fully fenced in backyard has been an important considerati...



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Musicians and Music Lovers: Relocate to The Charlotte NC Music Scene

Mon, Jun 17th 2019 11:12 am by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

Musicians and Music Lovers: Relocate to The Charlotte NC Music Scene

If you're a musician or an avid music lover looking for a thriving music scene to relocate to, you have to check out the Charlotte NC music scene. Residents and visitors already consider Charlotte an excellent place to enjoy and play music, and things are about to get much, much better.


Venues
There is a ton of places to play and listen to live music in Charlotte. More than a dozen music venues, and several parks and a dizzying number of bars and restaurants catering to live music spread auditory enrichment all around the city and its surrounding neighborhoods. And the music calendar boasts multiple opportunities to enj...



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A Down Payment on a House May Be Easier Than You Think

Mon, Jun 17th 2019 11:07 am by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

Home ownership is a goal that many people feel is out of their reach because they can't visualize how they'll pay the down payment on a house, but it is more possible than you imagine.

A Down Payment on a House May Be Easier Than You Think
Typical down payment on a house
Down payments can range from 20% to 3% with 13% being the average.

When a homebuyer has a down payment on the lower end, they have usually gone through an assistance program like the FHA, VA, or USDA and will have to take on loans and insurance costs to consider in addition to their house payment.

This eliminates the issue many potential home buyers have of not knowing how they can afford a large sum at one time, though ...



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Montibello May Real Estate Report

Fri, Jun 7th 2019 10:18 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

MONTIBELLO RTEAL ESTATE REPORT -- May 2019

Montibello remains a favorite South Park neighborhood  Prices have continued to rise as homeowners love the community's proximity to South Park Mall, Carmel Country Club, Uptown and I-485.  The nieghborhood was originally developed in the 1970's.  Many of the homes are seeing major renovations and some buyers are tearing down the exisiting homes to build new -- espcially on the lots that are on Carmel Country Club golf course.

South Park homes for sale

In May, the average sales price was $661,400 (up slightly from last year).  The average price per foot $202 and currently there are 7 homes on the market with an average list price of $727,383.  If you are looking for...



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Beverly Crest May 2019 Real Estate Report

Thu, Jun 6th 2019 8:13 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Beverly Crest Real Estate Update for May 2019

The market for Beverly Crest continues to be RED HOT!!  The average days on market is 3!  Inventory contiunues to move very fast!  The neighborhood has long been a favorite south Charlotte community and that trend remains true today!

There are several factors for the draw to Beverly Crest.  Built by Saussy Burbank in the 1990's, the neighborhood has mature landscaping, sidewalks, a neighborhood clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts and cul de sacs (what many newer communities are lacking).  Beverly Crest is zoned for some of CMS's top perfoming schools -- Elizabeth Lane Elementary, South Charlotte Middle and Providence High School -- a...



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Providence High School Real Estate Market Report

Wed, Jun 5th 2019 8:53 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Providence High School Real Estate Report

Located in the suburbs of South Charlotte is one of CMS's top performing high schools -- Providence High School (PHS).  Ranked 10th in the state and #1 among CMS high schools by US News and World Report, this high school consistenly out performs the district and state in student performance, state required testsing and AP exams.  PHS has a student body of just over 2000 and draws from some of the top middle and elementary schools in the area.

Providence High School Real ESTATE

The area around PHS was developed in the 1980s and 1990s so the neighborhoods are established with larger lots and mature landscaping.  There are pockets of new and newer construction but most of th...



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So Many Downsizing Options -- Downsizing in Charlotte

Fri, May 31st 2019 8:17 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Wondering what your downsizing options are? To help you get started, we'll give you a list to consider for each of the reasons you may want to downsize.

So Many Downsizing Options:

Empty Nesters
Seniors and baby boomers looking to make the most of this time without children at home, might enjoy:

- 1.5 or master down homes, removing a whole floor to maintain and pay for
- open floor plan homes
- community homes in locations and/or with amenities that would improve their lives
- homes with luxurious details like a spa, gym, or outdoor kitchen area for entertaining
- high end finishes and appliances


Budget Considerations
If you're downsizing to save money or tweak your budget, there are many o...



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Master on Main South Park Townhome for Sale

Fri, May 31st 2019 7:55 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

South Park Townhomes for saleSOUTH PARK TOWNHOME FOR SALE || Master on Main

The Meadows townhome complex is one of South Park's hidden gems!  Nesteled between Fairview, Carmel and Sharon View, The Meadows boasts a Foxcroft East address but home prices are under $300,000.  This new listing has the master on the main floor, an enclosed patio, open floorplan and the price of $292,500!

The current homeowner has upgraded the home with new wood flooring, carpet, interior paint, stainless steel appliances and new lighting.  This listing will not last long, so contact Missy today for a showing for this South Park home or any other South Park condo or townhome for sale 704-968-0547.

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Consider These Downsizing Costs

Thu, Feb 14th 2019 1:45 pm by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

In order to downsize your home, you'll have to sell it and move somewhere new. There are costs associated with this, some more obvious than others. When deciding if downsizing is the right choice for you, it's important to consider all the downsizing costs you may have to deal with. Going over the costs may further convince you that downsizing is the answer, it may make you tweak your plans, or it may make you decide to stay where you are. It's better to discover potential obstacles before jumping into the move.

Downsizing Costs:


Repairing or Updating the Home
Often, before someone sells a home, they want to or need to have repairs or updates done on the home to get a greater price for...



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The Many Benefits of Downsizing

Sat, Feb 9th 2019 12:23 pm by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Downsizing is an increasingly popular choice for homeowners because they are discovering so many new benefits of downsizing.  There are many reasons for downsizing.  Children moving out is the most well-known reason. People often buy their first home or buy a larger home thinking of having plenty of room for their children, so it is quite logical that when the children move out, the parents no longer need such a large house. The costs and space end up seeming like a waste.

A change in income or differing financial needs, such as losing a job or getting older, may make a homeowner want to alter their budget. They may find that they could create a sounder budget or that they would have mor...



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Providence High School Home -- SOLD!

Mon, Dec 3rd 2018 6:04 pm by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Hoes for sale in Providence High School Zone -- SOLD!!

December is a slow month in some markets, but  this two story beauty sold with multiple offers in the first weekend on the market!  2208 Retana is located in Providence Planation which is a popular South Charlotte neighborhood and zoned for some of the area's top ranking schools -- Providence Springs, Crestdale Middle and Providence High School.  

It's not a surprise this home sold so quickly. The kitchen and master bathroom have had total renovations, it has a full basement complete with an entertaining kitchen and workshop and lots a space inside and outside.  The surrounding neighborhood (Providence Plantation Estates section),...



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Honeywell Relocating to Charlotte

Sun, Dec 2nd 2018 6:09 pm by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Honeywell Relocating to Charlotte

It’s true Honeywell in relocating to Charlotte. Are you a Honeywell employee moving to Charlotte? If you are relocating to Charlotte, you are going to need the best real estate information available. That need leads to the one place that offers the very best up to the minute Charlotte MLS data on all homes for sale in the Charlotte area, AgentBecky.com.  Do not go to a national website to get its second-hand info on Charlotte; you can get the most accurate and the most timely listings of Charlotte homes for sale on the AgentBecky.com website.

Agentbecky.com offers you any number to search methods to find your perfect Charlotte home. For example you can ...



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Looking for 55+ and Active Adult Communities in and around Charlotte NC?

Tue, Sep 11th 2018 12:30 pm by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Charlotte is a perfect option for anyone looking for 55+ and Active Adult Communities with many excellent communities here and more coming. Baby Boomers make up the 2nd largest demographic moving to the Charlotte area, so local markets are racing to meet demand. If you want to enjoy all city life has to offer as well as opportunities and amenities tailored to your needs, you should learn about Charlotte’s 55+ communities.

55 + living in chartlotte

Looking for 55+ and Active Adult Communities in and around Charlotte NC?

Trilogy Lake Norman by Shea Homes

Trilogy Lake Norman is  conveniently located between the outdoor benefits of Lake Norman and the city life of Charlotte. There are several floor plans for si...



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These are the most walkable neighborhoods in Charlotte

Tue, Sep 4th 2018 11:10 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

You may have heard that Charlotte, NC is not a particularly walkable city, but that’s old information! The city and county are improving walkability tremendously, and there are plenty of neighborhoods that provide excellent opportunities for those fond of walking.   Below, we’ll tell you what’s being done to increase walkability in the city and guide you through your choices of the most walkable neighborhoods in Charlotte, NC.

Improving Charlotte NC Walkability

Mecklenburg County has built an elaborate greenway system to promote the health and sustainability of the city of Charlotte. It is currently 49 miles of natural walking, running, and biking space, and more is added to it every ye...



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New Homes for Sale in Matthews

Fri, Aug 31st 2018 5:01 pm by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Looking for the convenience of a new home within walking distance to a downtown?  Come down to Main Street in Historic Matthews!  Evans Coghill Homes is building an enclave of 5 new craftsman style homes a block from the town center of Matthews.  These homes have high-end finishes today's discerning buyers are looking for -- site finished hardwood floors, quartz counters, Electrolux appliances, screened porches and craftsman style trim work.  Convenient to shopping, dining, breweries, the Matthews Farmer's Market a coffee shop and the Greenway the homes on Main are centrally located to all downtown Mathews has to offer.

If you are looking for a homes for sale in Matthews, come on to Ma...



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School Spotlight: ARDREY KELL HIGH SCHOOL and Homes for Sale in Ballantyne

Thu, Aug 30th 2018 11:00 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

ARDREY KELL HIGH SCHOOL -- One of Charlotte's Top High Schools

Located in the heart of Ballantyne, Ardrey Kell (AK) High School serves close to 3,000 students and is continually ranked one of the top schools in CMS and in NC.  In fact, this year Ardrey Kell ranked the highest of all CMS schools in US News World Report's 2018 ranking of top high schools in the country.  Ranked 15 in NC and 384 nationally, AK boasts both academic rigor and high student and parent satisfaction.  AK receives 9/10 stars in GreatSchool.org's ranking. 

AK has a graduation rate of 98% and student proficiency in both mathematics and reading far exceeds district and state averages.  AK has clubs for almost ev...



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School Spotlight -- PROVIDENCE HIGH SCHOOL and HOMES FOR SALE in PROVIDENCE HIGH SCHOOL ZONE

Mon, Aug 27th 2018 8:00 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

The streets were busy again this morning as Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools started its 2018-2019 school year.  CMS has some fantastic schools supported by strong PTOs.  Today's spotlight is on PROVIDENCE HIGH SCHOOL -- where both of my daughters graduated -- and the homes for sale in the Providence High School Zone.

Providence High School

 

Providence High is in Charlotte's South Charlotte area and serves over 2,000 students grades 9-12.  It ranks among the top 5% of high schools in NC and places high emphasis on academic rigor as well as extra curricular activities.  Providence students have the highest SAT average and Advanced Placement (AP) passage rate in the region.  It ranks among the top high scho...



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Downsizing Does Not Have to Be a Downer!

Fri, Aug 24th 2018 10:50 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Last year my husband and I found ourselves alone in a big suburbun house -- our kids had both left for college and our nest was empty.  After a couple months of adjustment we realized it was not all bad.  We had more time to spend doing things we enjoyed, more time for work and more time to spend together.  The house we bought for our family was no longer what we needed -- we did not need to be near schools, did not need the bonus room, did not need the big yard and the list went on.  There were things we wanted -- main floor leaving (old knees are the worst!),  less maintenance, a less expensvie house (purchase price and maintenance costs) but we really wanted to be able to walk to place...




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Another home SOLD!

Mon, Nov 6th 2017 6:00 am by Missy Banks South Charlotte expert

One of the best parts of my job is to spend time getting to know home buyers and sellers and their familIes.  Over the course of the weeks and even months together, I have met some wonderful families.  This was the case with a recent real estate closing. The closing was actually a bitter sweet time for me as it represented the end to our evenings and weekends together but the beginning of their families' next chapter.   I could not be happier for this family and thrilled to have helped them find the PERFECT HOME!   

Homes for sale

"Missy is the most knowledgeable realtor I have come across. The great qualities about missy are that she is patient, very flexible, has a thorough understanding of the are...



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